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Australian Aboriginal Kinship

Laurent Dousset

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Figure 1: Geographical map

Figure 2: Map of cited languages, tribes and groups

Figure 3: Types of nomadism

Figure 4: Map of areas of activities of the Weapons Research Establishment’s activities

Figure 5: Language family, languages and dialects

Figure 6: Map of approximate location of dialectal groups in the Western Desert

Figure 7: Schematic view of the domains of kinship and of the evolution of anthropology

Figure 8: Basic symbols representing individuals in genealogies

Figure 9: Basic conventions representing relationships

Figure 10: Graphic representation of a nuclear family

Figure 11: The Eskimo system (example of the English terminology)

Figure 12: The Dravidian system using English words.

Figure 13: Bifurcate merging in a Dravidian system (example of marriages)

Figure 14: Transmission of the bifurcate merging calculation without bifurcation

Figure 15: Transmission of the bifurcate merging calculation with bifurcation

Figure 16: The relational triangle

Figure 17: Examples of possible Omaha and Crow skewing

Figure 18: Direct exchange model

Figure 19: Indirect exchange system

Figure 20: Western Desert terminology: Ego’s and Ego’s parents’ generations

Figure 21: Western Desert terminology: Ego’s grandparents’, children’s and grandchildren’s generations

Figure 22: Western Desert terminology: affinal terms

Figure 23: Overlap of domestic units among the Ngaatjatjarra

Figure 24: Age and generation

Figure 25: Generational moieties: splitting into two groups

Figure 26: Generational moieties: parents and children

Figure 27: Distribution of absolute terms of generational moieties in the Western Desert

Figure 28: Distribution of relative terms of generational moieties in the Western Desert

Figure 29: Patrimoieties in a genealogy

Figure 30: Matrimoieties in a genealogy

Figure 31: Generational moieties again

Figure 32: Generational moieties: distinguishing fathers from mothers

Figure 33: The section system

Figure 34: Matrimoieties and patrimoieties in section systems

Figure 35: Formal and actual representation of the Ngaatjatjarra section system

Figure 36: Example of the application of the section system to a genealogical grid

Figure 37: First and second cross-cousins

Figure 38: Distribution of relatives within the eight subsections

Figure 39: Subsections names of the Pintupi and Luritja people

Figure 40: General view of the overlap of trade routes and cultural diffusion in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Western Desert regions

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